Winner :: Spunky Sprout Giveaway
To – ky2here – the winner of the Spunky Sprout Giveaway. Please send your shipping address to info{at}iknowamom{dot}com with “I’m the winner!” in the subject line and I will have your gift sent right away. Congratulations!



Moms on Monday :: Toni & Joli of Spunky Sprout

Sisters, Joli & Toni, set out to create “one-stop shopping for modern, unique and colorful products for kids with fabulous style—and their parents!” I can’t think of a better way to describe Spunky Sprout. From gear to toys to clothing, they have covered everything you could possibly need or want for your kiddo. And, the online store is VERY user-friendly with many ways to search and sort.

i know a mom :: What was your inspiration for starting Spunky Sprout?

 
joli & toni :: Our inspiration for starting Spunky Sprout started from our passion for modern design, an influence that came from our parent’s, as well as the Birth of my first child. My first child influenced me immensely, but as a first time aunt it also influenced Joli as well. We were both always in search of really cool items to purchase for my daughter that would fit our modern tastes and found it extremely hard to find items that we liked in one store. Above all, we always knew we wanted to run our own business and thought Spunky Sprout was the perfect opportunity to do so.
i know a mom :: What makes Spunky Sprout stand out among the other online children’s boutiques?
 
 
joli & toni :: Spunky Sprout stands out, because we offer a wide selection of amazing products that include independent, American, European, and edgy modern designs. We have made a conscious effort to have a clean and simple site that was easy to navigate; which our customers have appreciated. We also cater to the world market and ship worldwide and we strive to offer affordable modern products, many of which are priced under $25.
i know a mom :: What was the best piece of advice you received when starting out?
 
joli & toni :: Be steadfast!
 
i know a mom :: When you were in the beginning stages of launching the business, what obstacles did you run into? How did you overcome?
jodi & toni :: Not having enough time to accomplish everything. We just made sure to work out a daily schedule and have weekly meetings with each other about our progress.
i know a mom :: What is next for Spunky Sprout?
 
jodi & toni :: Spunky Sprout has just teamed up to create a shoe with Sweet Shoes. The Line is called Sweet & Spunky LE. We are also working on opening a location next year as well as working on a book.
i know a mom :: What is your favorite way to unwind/de-stress?
 
toni :: My favorite way to unwind is to light a candle and take a long bath after I put the kids down. I also love to do a cycle class to relieve stress.
joli :: Relaxing with a good book or watching a good movie, I am a huge fan of Netflix.

GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a Mom & Baby Travel Pack ($44 retail value) from Spunky Sprout. Post a comment on this post – any comment at all. It’s that easy! Enter by Tuesday, January 6th at 10:00 pm (pst). If your contact information is not linked to your google account, don’t forget to leave your contact information in your comment. (If winner does not come forward within one week, a new winner will be randomly selected.) Or you can check back on Wednesday, January 7th to see if you won! Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed. One entry per person, please. Good luck!!

DISCOUNT :: 10% entire Spunky Sprout purchase. Coupon Code: “iknowamom10″. Act Quickly! Coupon expires 12/31/08.




Winner :: See Kai Run :: Shoes
To Jinxy and Me - the winner of the See Kai Run giveaway. Please send your shipping address to info{at}iknowamom{dot}com with “I’m the winner!” in the subject line and I will put you in contact with See Kai Run to pick out your pair. Congratulations!



When I Grow Up Giveaway Winner

To zeitersouth – the winner of the When I Grow Up Giveaway. Please send your shipping address to info{at}iknowamom{dot}com with “I’m the winner!” in the subject line. Congratulations!




When I Grow Up I Will…
Everything about When I Grow Up is worth talking about! Their collection of adorable tees are designed to teach the core values you want to instill in your children – and will quite possibly make others stop and think, too. They are vivid and simple – but even more importantly, the graphics are printed using water-based ink onto 100% organic cotton. I love the idea! {Especially in comparison to the “I drool” tshirts at the local mega-store.} :) Tshirts that really mean something! And a portion of all proceeds from the Charity Tee will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.


GIVEAWAY :: Enter to win a Value Statement Tee from When I Grow Up. To enter, post a comment – your favorite inspirational quote – ON THIS POST. Enter by Tuesday, July 22nd at 10:00 pm (pst). If your contact information is not linked to your google account, don’t forget to leave your information in your comment. We have had to disqualify winners, because we don’t have contact information to let you know if you won! (If winner does not come forward within one week, a new winner will be randomly selected.) Or you can check back on Wednesday, July 23rd to see if you won! Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed. One entry per person, please. Good luck!!



Winner :: Bird Dress from LizzyAnne Clothing Co.

Hil’Lesha, was the winner of the LizzyAnne Clothing Co. giveaway. Please send your shipping information to info{at}iknowamom{dot}com with “I’m the winner!” in the subject line.

You’re so lucky!!




Winner :: Tee from Munchkin Designs


crystalf, was the winner of the Munchkin Designs giveaway. Please send your shipping information to info{at}iknowamom{dot}com with “I’m the winner!” in the subject line.




Great Green Tips + Giveaway Winner
Well, my dears….we have a winner from the Ginormous Green Giveaway! Not only do we have a winner – we have compiled such a great list of green tips, we could write a book. Thank you for your participation and for all of your ideas. We had over 400 comments and as you look through them, there are bound to be some you had not considered before. Here are a few that were new to me and ones I plan on implement soon.
  • Take tupperware to restaurants to use for take-home food. Dining out is one of our favorite things to do and we often leave with leftovers. My “mom” bag is surely big enough to tote my own take out container.

  • Gathering empty cereal boxes – after all, you probably go through several a week – and re-using them as “bricks” to make a playhouse or fort for the kids.

  • Switch to cloth napkins instead of paper – a minor inconvenience but it adds a little pizazz to week-night dinners. :)

  • And all of the great tips for re-using items around the house :: never scrapping paper at the home or office – cutting up old clothes for rags – using old medicine bottles and baby food jars for storing small items – loaning items you are not using to friends – shopping thrift…the list goes on and on!

Thank you, again, for all who entered and a huge congratulations goes to: tarynATnewangels whose green tip was…”We buy Teddie peanut butter and use the jars as drinking glasses, food containers & other various storage. We also use a clothesline in the warm months. Thanks!”

You are one lucky girl! Please email your shipping information to info{at}iknowamom.com with “I’m the Winner!” in the subject line and I will work with the sponsors right away to get your green goods shipped soon!




{Ginormous} Green Giveaway
You would have to be living on another planet if you haven’t felt bombarded with all of the messages of late about going green, eco-living, lowering your carbon footprint, etc…the message is important but I have to say, it has felt very overwhelming at times. As a mom, there are enough things to worry about and take care of! But, I do feel that I should play a part in it all and am trying to make small and necessary changes here and there. And I’ve learned that it doesn’t always have to feel like a sacrifice. Case in point – check out all of the fabulous items below – gone are the days of burlap, drab organic fabrics. These mom-owned businesses are doing their part by offering {stylish} green and organic products for you and your family.
To help you get started in your quest to green-ify and in celebration of Earth Day, on April 22nd, we are hosting a Ginormous Green Giveaway! You’re not going to believe all the green goodies we’ve grabbed for you! {Alright, alright…enough with the alliteration of G’s…can you tell I’m excited?} Over $400 worth of goods to one winner! Here goes…

 


Classic Bohmo Root Onesie. Available in sizes from 3 months to 24 months. Retail Value $18.00

This unisex organic onesie is perfect for the little eco-conscious one in your life {well, maybe not yet, but you can plant the seed early}.

Bohmo is a green boutique sprouting organic, sustainable and designer items for men, women, baby + home. Bohmo is not only green in name…they donate a portion of all sales to environmental organizations worldwide and have a list of admirable businesses practices, all in the name of the earth.



My Stroller is a Hybrid Onesie from Flying Peas.

Available in White or Pink. From 3 months to 18 months. Retail Value $20.00

 

Flying Peas is an adorable online children’s boutique offering unique items for babies + kids, even mom and dad! From skincare, toys and apparel to keepsakes, books and…well, I could go on, but I’ll let you see for yourself. Check them out!!



 
One Fish, Two Fish, Green World…I Wish Onesie. Available in 3 months to 18 months. Retail Value $24
Contrast Stitch Organic Pink Onesie. Available in 3 months to 18 months. Retail Value $24

Organic Cocoa Yoga Pants. Available in 3 months to 24 months. Retail Value $27
 
All three items above are from OBLI Organics. OBLI Organics is owned by two sisters, who have coined the term Ecolectual and have stayed true to their company mission to involve all aspects of the business, including gift boxes, hang tags and stationary. With just one visit to OBLI Organics, it is clear going green is not a fad to these mom business owners! *OBLI also offers organic dog tees. So cute!



2 Natursutten Phthalates, BPA-A free Pacifiers from Zoe B Online. Retail Value $13.
 
There is controversy surrounding the safety of BPA, read here. But when it comes to your baby, it’s best to play it safe. Natursutten pacifiers are made from pure, natural rubber from the tree Hevea brasiliensi. No artificial color. No chemicals softener; parabens, PVC, phtalates and BPA (bisphenol-A) free.Zoe B Online is a great online source offering eco-diaper bags, BPA free bottles, organic nursing pillows + more. Check out their downtime organic sleepy hat - oh so cute!

Naturel, new organic collection from Kaloo. All the plush toys from this eco-friendly line are made from 100% organic cotton fibers. No pesticides, harmful chemicals nor GMO are present in the cotton fibers. Each item is presented in a beautiful round box made with 100% recycled paper.

 
Petit Baby’s toy collection is extensive. You’ll find wooden toys, organic toys and european toys from companies such as Kaloo, Haba, Vilac and more. If you are looking for a baby gift, this is the place!



Short Organic Baby Kimono from The Polkadot Platypus. Retail Value $21.

 
This baby kimono is made from certified 100% organic cotton … good for baby, good for the environment. Fits size 0-6 months. Wraps around baby instead of going over the head. Fits loosely to protect the sensitive umbilical cord area. Seams and tags on outside to protect baby’s sensitive skin. Allows easy access for diaper changes.

There isn’t enough room here to tell you how much I love The Polkadot Platypus – where cuteness abounds. You’ll find stylish maternity clothes, cute accessories that help you keep your sense of style as a mama + adorable items for babies and kids, including bedding, diaper caddies…see? Not enough room. Go there today and see for yourself!



Green Label Organic “Save What’s Left” Onesie from Twilite Moon. Eco-Consciousness & Style meet up in green label’s organic onesie. Recycle symbol with the words “save what’s left” grace the front.

At Twilite Moon, you will find a hand-picked selection from the world’s finest baby products. They embrace the fact that your life and style don’t come to an end when your baby enters the world. I love that!

 



Still going…what about me, you say?

Spring has Sprung SIGG bottle from Our Greenhouse. Retail Value $18.99

 

SIGG Bottles are innovative, functional and suited for leisure activities. They feature a non-toxic baked-on inner-lining that does not impart odors or tastes and are as good to look at as they are to drink from. Sigg bottles are pure aluminum and recyclable when they finally require replacement.
O

ur Greenhouse is a leader in organic living and they offer a huge selection of green + organic products, especially products for the home {cleaning products, mattresses, towels, even building supplies!}



 
Branch Tote Bag from Little Lark

. Retail Value $28

Take this simple bag with you anywhere… Perfect for a lovely trip to the beach or farmers market.

Little Lark just added their summer designs to their website this week and they are absolutely fetching. What I love about Little Lark is that not only do they make sure your little one is in style {too cute for words}, they’ve got mom and dad covered, too! They also offer beautiful letterpress cards!



The only nipple cream USDA Certified Organic. All ingredients are safe for ingestion, so it does not need to be washed off prior to nursing.

 
I cannot say enough good things about this product – I have told so many mama’s about it. If you are breastfeeding, you know you need a product like this, because you are bound to have some sore moments. My sister turned me on to this product, because she used it on her son’s chapped cheeks. So, I have continued to use this product for diaper rash and it works so well – very healing.



 
Body By Baby Maternity Organic Supima Tee from MollyAnna. Comes in Three Colors: Fuschia, Shell Pink + Midday Blue. Retail Value $38.00

I Can Grow People Maternity Organic Supima Tee from MollyAnna. Comes in Two Colors: Grass, Fuschia. Retail Value $38.00
MollyAnna carries tees, tanks, long sleeve tees and raglans for Moms + Dads and baby – with a variety of bold slogans to choose from. They’ll make you laugh out loud! And I love their collection of hand-tailored stroller bags.

Whew! Can you believe this giveaway? So many great things – all from stellar mom-owned businesses. Thank you to all who are participating!HOW TO ENTER: Post a comment ON THIS POST. In the spirit of Earth Day, it would be great if you left a green tip, or just say anything at all! Enter by Wednesday, April 23rd at 10:00 pm (pst). If your contact information is not linked to your google account, don’t forget to leave your information in your comment. We have had to disqualify winners as of late, because we don’t have contact information to let you know if you won! (If winner does not come forward within one week, a new winner will be randomly selected.) Or you can check back on Thursday, April 24th to see if you won! Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed. One entry per person, please. Good luck!!

 


 

 




Two Sisters Jewelry Boutique :: Giveaway!
I am clearly a lover of jewelry {if it isn’t obvious already} and an even bigger lover of family. So, it’s only natural that I would gravitate towards a mom-owned business that combines the two!

 

 
Twin Sisters is offering a beautiful pair of gold + quartz earrings for a giveaway!

 

“Sleek, sophisticated and sparkly, too, our Jennifer Earrings are perfect for you! Dazzling clear quartz stones cascade from 2 inches of 14k gold fill wire.”

HOW TO ENTER: Post a comment here. You can tell us what your favorite piece of Two Sisters jewelry is, or just say anything at all! Enter by Sunday, April 13th at 10:00 pm (pst). Check back Monday, April 14th to see if you won! Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed. One entry per person, please. Good luck!!

Twin sisters, Gina + Jennifer, are the creative designers behind Two Sisters Jewelry Boutique. Their story {almost} makes me want to move from sunny Southern California to Signal Mountain, TN to be with my lovely sister. Like I said…almost. :) Their jewelry is uniquely handmade using sterling silver, gold and semi-precious stones. My favorite items are in their link collection. Simply beautiful!






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